Creole Nature Trail
All-American Road Driving this popular National Scenic Byway takes about 10 hours, but you can be satisfied with shorter portions. The road stretches for 200 miles through Louisiana’s Outback, passing through bird rookeries and two migratory flyways. It is a birding hotspot, with a protected area featuring extensive marshes and 26 miles of sandy beaches. In addition to numerous trails, it features a variety of aquatic activities, including swimming and fishing. Holly Beach was once dubbed the Cajun Riviera, but due to hurricane damage is now more rustic and tranquil but still perfect for lounging, taking long walks, and collecting sea shells.
●Adventure Point 2740 Ruth St., in Sulphur, (800) 456-7952, (337) 502-4358. Free. Through hands-on displays at this visitor center, you learn about the best places to spot alligators and migrating songbirds, take a peek at wildlife found in bayous and marshes, and sniff the mouthwatering aromas of Cajun and Creole cooking. You can even play the instruments in a Zydeco band and learn the differences between Cajun and Zydeco music. And out front awaits a fishing boat photo op.
|Adventure Point visitor center in Sulphur, Louisiana|
|photo op at Adventure Point visitor center in Sulphur, Louisiana|
●Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Walkway In Hackberry. This 1.5 mile loop path is partially over fully accessible boardwalk, providing access into and over saltwater marshes. Plant life includes cattails (they look like corn dogs at the top) and myriad tall grasses, and you will also see a variety of birds—herons, egrets, ducks--and maybe a few alligators. Viewing scopes, observation decks and a two story observation tower, plus five rest shelters offer exceptional views.
|welcome sign at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Walkway in Louisiana|
|boardwalk at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Walkway in Louisiana|
|observation tower at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Walkway in Louisiana|
|observation deck at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Walkway in Louisiana|
|waterside-path at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Walkway in Louisiana|
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